Help 'Panda' Pay For Surgery

28695920_15221964230_r.jpegSarah is my best friend, but you guys probably know her best as Stasi/Panda. Anyone who has met her knows that she is super fierce. Literally though. She’s super passionate about her career in the music industry and wanting to work in festivals. She's the follow your dreams and make it happen type of girl. That should come to no surprise to anyone who knows her. The last month and a half has been full of highs and lows though… so here it goes.

It was finally here. February 2018!! The plan was “leave my job, travel Asia and Europe for 2 months, and then drive all my stuff to California when I get back.” Most of the plan was complete. Sarah had left her job at Terminal West and was finalizing her itinerary for Asia.

Then one phone call changed everything.

Sarah had gone to visit the Obgyn for her yearly check-up as most girls do. After she got her results back she had to get a biopsy. This made her a little nervous. We were both waiting for her to find out what the doctor said. He said he didn’t see anything himself, but it would be sent to pathology to be tested. Then, he would know for sure. So with that she went to North Carolina to help out a friend before continuing her Asia plan.

While she was there she received a phone call. The doctor told her that she was in the early stages of cervical cancer. When she called to tell me, it took everything in me not to break down. Why was this happening to my best friend? How could he say he thought everything was fine, only to call back and say this? Why now? Why when she was about to leave for Asia? When she was about to follow her dreams out to California?

Cancer doesn’t care.

The only thing we could both think is “at least they caught it early”. That doesn’t make it any easier. It doesn’t make you feel better. The plan changed. Now, she will be getting her first surgery tomorrow. March 28th. She will have to do a second surgery in the future, but we don't know when just yet.

She’s had a number of doctor’s appointments already and did her pre-op preparation. She has money saved up that helps cover a portion of these medical bills. But you can’t plan for cancer and you can’t plan for these costs. The money raised will help cover medical bills for this first surgery.

We appreciate anything that you’re able to give. Literally nothing is too small.

Let’s all get together to support and help Sarah/Stasi/Panda kick cancer’s ass - so she can get back to the music industry and help make awesome festivals where you go to shake your ass.

  • Evelia Valdez 
    • $20 
    • 44 mos
  • Roxanne Valdez 
    • $50 
    • 44 mos
  • Michael Burt 
    • $50 
    • 44 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $75 
    • 44 mos
  • Jeremy Stipe 
    • $20 
    • 44 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Jess Rojas 
Atlanta, GA
Sarah Smith 
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